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The 20 Absolute Worst Parents of 2011

From a sword-fight punishment to a grade-school boob job, these are the craziest, weirdest and sometimes tragic news stories about horrible, moral-free parenting from 2011.

Sadly, in most of these cases the children did nothing to deserve the injuries, humiliation or even death that their so-called caregivers bestowed upon them. Even worse, many of them were infants or toddlers, completely unable to fend for themselves. As heinous as the actions of these adults are, it's a safe bet that these criminals and mis-doers won't be winning any Parent of the Year awards.

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    Drunk Father Appoints 9-Year-Old Daughter Designated Driver

    It's never a good idea to drink and drive, but to drink and then make your 9-year-old daughter take the wheel shows even poorer judgement. That's what happened when Detroit-area-resident Shawn Russell Weimer decided he was too inebriated to competently navigate the roads, and had his child take over his duties.

    The father-daughter duo were pulled over by police after a concerned citizen, who had been driving behind their van, called 911. Video footage from a gas station shows the little girl pulling up to the pump, stepping out of the driver's side and then entering the station's store along with her father. Reports say that he bragged to customers about his "chauffer."

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    Dad Makes Daughter Sword Fight

    In an odd and archaic punishment strategy, father Fremon Seay of Washington forced his 16-year-old daughter to wield a wooden sword and engage in medieval battle with him for two hours until she collapsed. He did this after beating her with a tree branch. Mother Julie Seay, who ironically works at the Loving and Learning Childcare Center, watched without stopping the abuse. Authorities filed charges against both parents.

    The daughter ended up with major bruising all over her body. Fortunately, she was spared any serious injuries. In defense, her father stated that he figured that at 16, his daughter was old enough to hold her own in sword combat. Um, sure.

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    Mother Buys Boob Job as Birthday Present for 7-Year-Old

    This may well be the most disturbing birthday present ever bestowed upon a little girl, though not entirely surprising coming from a mom nicknamed the "Human Barbie." Along with a new computer and a vacation, British mother Sarah Burge presented her 7-year-old daughter with a voucher for breast augmentation.

    The girl cannot use it until she is 16, and one would hope that no plastic surgeon would be creepy enough to perform the operation on a grade-school patient, anyway. Really, the sad part is the idea that that this woman is telling her impressionable child that she isn't pretty enough and needs alteration. And as if the boob-job birthday gift were not enough, this same mom has already given her 15-year-old daughter Botox.

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    Mother Beats Baby, Blows Pot Smoke in Face

    Plenty of parents get frustrated when their babies won't stop crying, but few have the audacity to try marijuana as a solution. Of course, when 21-year-old Jessica Callaway attempted this method, it was not before trying to beat her infant into submission.

    Video footage taken by Callaway's neighbor show her yelling at the 10-month-old, ordering her to "shut the f*** up before I kick you in the mouth" before slapping the child. The neighbor captured the footage on her cell phone, unbeknownst to Callaway. Police arrested the badly-behaving mom, who chalked up her actions to frustration over picking out an outfit to wear for the evening.

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    Mom Attempts to Sell Daughter's Virginity

    Felicia McClure of Utah was charged with multiple sex felonies against a minor after she attempted to offer her 13-year-old daughter's virginity to a man named "Don" for $10,000. The mother had reportedly taken trips to Victoria's Secret with the man and her daughter, so that the girl could model underwear for him before the deflowering.

    McClure had also sold pornographic photos of the girl to another man, known only as "Will."

    Fortunately, the ill-conceived virginity sale never when through. McClure's boyfriend alerted police to the situation after finding text messages describing the deal. Mclure's charges could land her life in prison.

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    Mom Handcuffs Daughter Over Facebook Post

    Arvada, Colorado mom Angela Martin was not pleased when she came home at night to find the words "vagina vagina vagina" on her teen daughter's Facebook page. The angry mother demanded that her daughter remove the post, and requested her password to no avail. An argument broke out between the two, and Martin proceeded to restrain her 14-year-old child in handcuffs.

    According to reports, the daughter fled the home and went over to a neighbor's house, still wearing the silver bracelets. The neighbor called the police, and ultimately Martin received her own set of cuffs when authorities showed up and took her in. She was charged with misdemeanor offenses.

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    Drunk Mom Passes Out at Bar with 4-Year-Old in Lap

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    Ocoee, Florida mom Kira Logsdon-Mitchell really needed a drink. So she pulled into local watering hole Frank's Pub with her 4-year-old son in the car, and left him there for 20 minutes while she went in to throw back a few. Perhaps recognizing the dangers of her parental neglect, she then returned to the vehicle to retrieve the toddler, returning to the bar with her wee one to continue her drinking binge.

    The bartender, appalled at the mom's behavior, dialed 911 out of concern for the boy. By the time the authorities showed up, the woman was passed out with her child in her lap. After a breathalyzer test revealed that Logsdon-Mitchell's BAC was triple the legal limit, police arrested her and filed three counts of child neglect.

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    Two Children Forced to Live in Home with Over 100 Cats

    Two children, aged 7 and 12, were taken into protective custody after officials raided their house of 110 cats. The house was being used for an illegal rescue operation called Cat Connection Rescue Network, Inc. Five adults lived with the children and the hoard of felines.

    To protect themselves from the high levels of ammonia wafting through the residence, rescue workers had to don gas masks as they removed most of the animals. Although the owner of the house is said to have looked after the cats well, a lack of adopters led to a dangerous build-up of critters, creating unhealthy conditions for children (or anyone else).

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    The title explains itself, really. For those who need more, Sheen's twin boys were taken from his home by police after mother Brooke Mueller filed a restraining order against him for threatening to chop her head off and send it to her mom in a box (allegedly). This poor parental "role model" is now more famous for his belligerent rants on international media than he is for any of his work as an actor, and was living the party life with two "goddesses" (one a porn star) when the children were removed.

    To be fair, it's been a rough year for Sheen, losing his sweet gig on Two and a Half Men and then having his kids taken away publicly. But no child deserves to have a dad quite so "winning" as this man.

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    Parents Put Oxycodone in Infant's Bottle

    When Chasity Clevenger, 35, and Henry Schiller, 42, of Hardeeville, South Carolina brought their 8-month-old son to the hospital for breathing trouble, doctors wondered why the infant had what appeared to be burn marks on his body. At first the mysterious injuries were thought to be chemical burns, but later testing revealed that the child had consumed the prescription medication Oxycodone, an opiate pain reliever. It turned out the couple had been putting the drug into his bottle.

    Under the influence of the powerful narcotic, the boy had remained in the same position for up to nine hours, causing bruises that appeared as burns. He eventually fell into a coma, and remained in the hospital in critical condition while the parents were charged with child abuse and neglect.

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    Mom Performs Exorcism on Son, Kills Him

    In a convoluted effort to rid her child of "demons," Fort Wayne, Indiana mom Latisha Lawson killed her 3-year-old son after forcing him to drink an oil and vinegar mixture and then clamping his mouth closed for roughly 10 minutes.

    After her son died, Lawson placed his lifeless body down onto a bed and prayed over him. She then proceeded to bundle him into a blanket and set him in a closet, where he remained for a year.

    Lawson might have gotten away with it if her own mother hadn't contacted police out of concern for her grandchildren's well-being. Authorities discovered the long-passed boy, and determined asphyxiation as the cause of death.

    Mom said dead tot possessed by demon:

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    Mom Drinks and Drives with Child, Blames Smurfs

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    When police officers pulled over San Francisco resident Sarah Boushey, she was reportedly so intoxicated that she couldn't even recall her own name. While driving in such a state would be a crime under any circumstances, the most shocking fact was not her level of drunkenness, but rather that she had her 4-year-old daughter in tow.

    Allegedly, Boushey told police officers that she needed the alcohol to sit through the Smurfs movie, during which she pounded half a bottle of vodka that she snuck into the theater in her purse. Her blood alcohol level was triple the legal limit, and upon police questioning her daughter bravely interjected, "she's drunk."

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    Mom Abandons Baby While Shoplifting

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    19-year-old Brettany Walton of Westlake, Ohio went out for a leisurely day of shoplifting at Crocker Park with teenage friends, her 1-year-old son in tow. When it was apparent that the cops had caught on, she fled the scene, leaving her child behind. Her two friends were found pushing her baby boy in his stroller, and were arrested while the child was taken into custody. When the authorities contacted Walton, she refused to pick up the baby. His grandmother eventually came to claim him.

    Sadly, this was not the first abandonment case for Walton. In previous incident. she fled without him while wielding a firearm.

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    Foster Parents Abandon Boy at Cleveland Browns Game

    What should have been a happy outing to the ball game turned into something far more ugly when foster parents Ernest and Anna Fugate ditched their 9-year-old charge at a game between the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins. The pair allegedly got drunk and started to quarrel. Mr. Fugate stormed off, leaving the boy with his wife. She then proceeded to hand him off to two strangers who happened to be entering the venue.

    The strangers contacted security, alerting them of the incident. The foster parents were stopped while leaving the stadium in their car, and according to reports they failed to mention the boy upon questioning. When confronted by the facts, they gave no excuse for abandoning the child.

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    Mom Leaves Baby in Car to Go Gamble

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    When casino patron Sammy Kent was walking through the parking lot of Century Casino in Central City in October, 2011, she wasn't expecting to find a helpless baby strapped into a car-seat of a locked automobile, all alone. Kent alerted authorities just as mother Louiesa West was headed back to the car for her lone infant.

    West attempted to explain her actions by claiming that she only needed to use the restroom--not a good excuse for ditching a baby. However, cameras inside the casino showed that West was actually gambling, and had been doing so for over an hour before she went to check on her wee one.

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    Mom Teaches Daughter How to Commit Identity Theft

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    While mothers are expected to show their kids how to survive in the world, these life lessons are generally limited to the confines of the law. Not so for Colorado mother Cassandra Ghirardi, who educated her offspring in the illicit, if lucrative, skill of identity theft.

    In October of 2011, Ghiardi and her now-adult daughter were charged in a stealing-and-spending spree spanning over half a year. The pair lifted letters from mailboxes, and used the illegally-gleaned information to create fake ID cards and checks. The mother-daughter crime ring ultimately cost people and businesses around $60,000 in losses.

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    Mom Hurls Infant into Snowbank During Argument with Father

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    Some women throw dinner plates or break vases when they get upset with their mates. When Ashley Renee Couch got into a spat with her baby daddy, she decided to hurl her own 18-day-old daughter into the snow. It was 16 degrees that day in Minneapolis, and the father was fleeing her home after an argument. Couch, 21, chased after him holding their newborn, and then "slammed" her into a snowbank and stormed off.

    The dad called 911, and warmed the baby in his jacket waiting for police to arrive. According to reports, the baby was unconscious, but eventually responded when he rubbed her chest. Fortunately, the baby made it without serious injury and charged were filed on the mom.

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    "Dodger Dad" Drops Daughter in Attempt to Catch Foul Ball

    Baseball games can be great bonding opportunities for fathers and their kids. However, this day at Dodger Stadium probably didn't do a whole lot to cement the relationship between one man and his daughter. At a game in May of 2011, this unidentified dad was standing up at his seat holding his toddler in his arms when a foul ball went flying his direction. Distracted, he released his hands from the youngster to grasp for (and miss) the ball.

    The girl seemed unhurt, and gave Dad a smack as he bent down to scoop her back up. The cameras caught the whole event as astonished announcers gave a play-by-play on national TV. No charges were filed.

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    Mom Attacks Daughter with Hot Iron for Reading Wrong

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    Hope Askew, an aptly-named 42-year-old woman from Houston Texas, was doing her ironing on April 11 as her daughter read from a book. Unfortunately, the 10-year-old was not performing to her mother's satisfaction. Aggravated that her daughter "wasn't reading the words correctly," she took her iron and burned the left side of the girl's face.

    Despite the obvious burn injury, Askew failed to take the child to the hospital for treatment. The girl lied at school about her wound, telling the nurse that she hit her face on a hot pan.

    A family member eventually reported the incident, and Askew was arrested on a charge of causing injury to a child.

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    Mom Murders Baby in Microwave Oven

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    On March 17, 2011 Ka Yang, 29 killed her own 6-week-old daughter by "cooking" her in a microwave oven. The mom tried to say that her baby was killed by accident when she had a seizure and dropped the infant onto a space heater. However, the nature of the injuries, along with the fact that her pacifier was still in the microwave, told a different story.

    Yang's other three children were removed from the home to live with their grandparents, and police filed murder charges against the mom. She failed to reveal the reasoning behind her behavior, but did inform the cops that she "may" have multiple personality disorder.

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